On the coral reefs, some of the planet's most diverse, fascinating and mysterious landscapes and creatures exist hidden from our sight. It is a world few of us will ever experience up close, yet one that sustains the very balance of life on earth.
With breathtaking cinematography of this surreal underwater world, Coral Reef Adventure, an all-new IMAX theater experience, tells the story of the reefs, how they face worldwide decline and what each of us can do to save them. The film has opened to rave reviews nation-wide and will begin showing in The Tech Museum of Innovation's Hackworth IMAX Dome Theater April 10, 2003.
Coral Reef Adventure takes audiences on a fantastic voyage of discovery to the South Pacific's reefs, revealing both their remarkable contribution to life on earth and the imminent dangers they are facing right now. In vivid detail, the giant screen adventure reveals the vast array of unusual creatures that inhabit the reefs.
The film follows the real-life expedition of two ocean explorers and underwater filmmakers, Howard and Michele Hall, on a daring 10-month journey to document some of the world's largest and most beautiful reefs. On their journey from Australia's Great Barrier Reef to the majestic islands of Fiji and Tahiti and the mysterious Rangiroa atoll, the Halls meet with scientists and naturalists such as famed ocean explorer Jean-Michel Cousteau and deep reef ichthyologist Richard Pyle - all part of a growing global effort to build greater understanding of these fragile and essential ecosystems.
Using innovative and groundbreaking techniques, the filmmakers plunge to daring and record-breaking depths, taking the notoriously cumbersome IMAX camera deeper in the open ocean than any diver has ever taken it before. "This film is one of the most technically complex underwater films ever made," says Howard Hall, who also served as the film's Underwater Director of Photography. "Taking a 250-pound IMAX camera, along with lights and other necessary equipment, to depths of 350 feet pushed the envelope way beyond the usual difficulties of filming under the sea."
During production of Coral Reef Adventure, the dive team logged 2,421 dives and 2,800 hours in the water. Over 100 miles of 70mm film was shot above and underwater, a new record for an IMAX theater film.
Coral Reef Adventure is produced by MacGillivray Freeman Films, the Academy Award-nominated producers of Dolphins, The Living Sea and Everest, the highest grossing documentary and large-format film in history, Everest. The film is narrated by internationally acclaimed actor Liam Neeson and features songs written and recorded by Crosby, Stills & Nash.
Beginning April 10, Coral Reef Adventure will show daily at The Tech, with evening shows on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. In addition, The Tech will continue showing Human Body and Everest.
On Saturday, April 19, the Tech will celebrate Earth Day with a special appearance by Howard and Michele Hall, the film's producers. At 2 p.m. they will give a talk and answer questions. In addition, The Tech will host a day full of activities exploring sustainability and the environment. Hands-on activities will enable kids and their families to become activists for earth causes they believe in.
The Tech Store will feature a line of Coral Reef Adventure merchandise, including clothing, books, and toys.
Unlike traditional flat-screen IMAX theaters, the state-of-the-art Hackworth IMAX Dome Theater features an eight-story, giant domed screen and six-channel, digital wrap-around sound with 12,000 watts of power from 44 speakers. It seats 295 people in special reclining chairs that accentuate the feeling of actually being in the movie.
A $16 combination ticket is available for one IMAX film and admission to The Tech's exhibit galleries or two IMAX films. A general admission ticket for one IMAX film is $9. Discounted rates are available for seniors, 65 and older, and children, 3-12.
Advance ticket purchase is recommended. Visitors are encouraged to arrive 20 minutes prior to showtime. Showtimes are subject to change. For tickets, visit The Tech's ticket office at 201 S. Market St. in downtown San Jose, call (408) 294-TECH (8324) or go to www.thetech.org
Coral Reef Adventure is produced with major funding from the National Science Foundation. Locally, the film is partially funded by Charlene and Derry Kabcenell, with IMAX Theater sponsor, San Jose Mercury News.
Located in downtown San Jose, CA, The Tech Museum of Innovation, a non-profit organization, engages people of all ages and backgrounds in exploring and experiencing the technologies affecting their lives and aims to inspire the young to become innovators in the technologies of the future. With over 250 hands-on exhibits, an IMAX Dome Theater, weekend workshops, summer camps, community outreach programs, Tech Challenge and Tech Awards, The Tech has inspired more than 5 million visitors since opening the doors to its first facility in 1990. For more information, visit www.thetech.org or call (408) 294-TECH.